Transition Academic Programs Hotard Hall, 3rd floor

   Aggie Gateway to Success



Who We Are
Aggie Gateway to Success (Gateway or AGS) is a provisional admission program at Texas A&M University that is administered through Texas A&M University Transition Academic Programs. Gateway students are given a unique chance to gain full admission by taking summer courses and proving how well they can do academically. Gateway students will attend Texas A&M Summer Session II (5-week summer session). All Gateway students are admitted into the University as General Studies (GEST) majors. During the duration of the program, they will have completed 2 standard core curriculum courses (3 credit hours each) assigned by Transition Academic Programs advising staff and 2 Gateway Learning Community courses.

Support
Gateway students are required to stay on campus in designated residence halls during the Summer. Fall housing is not guaranteed. Continuing students are encouraged to seek on-campus Fall housing and to take advantage of a Living Learning Community at Texas A&M. Furthermore, Gateway students are supported by a group of academic mentors who are a part of the AGS staff. These mentors are undergraduate students at Texas A&M University who have previously completed the AGS program. In addition to attending their summer session courses, Gateway students will go through various programs and presentations that focus on different skill sets to help them succeed academically.

The Result
Gateway students who successfully complete the AGS program experience a smooth transition from high school to Aggieland. The students get acquainted to the culture here at Texas A&M University while developing academically as college students by earning credit hours. Most Gateway students find that they are already well-adjusted when the rest of the freshmen class joins them for the Fall semester.
Important 2019 dates
June 20 - June 21 —> Attend Gateway New Student Conference. Parents are welcome!
July 1 (starting after 10am)  —> Move into your Gateway summer residence hall
July 2 —> AGS Meeting/Dinner (AGS students only)
July 2 - August 6 —> Attend the summer school session II consisting of 6 credit hours of prescribed core curriculum coursework plus 2 Gateway Learning Community Courses (ASCC 289 and UGST 001).
How to Apply
High school seniors interested in Gateway must apply to Texas A&M University via the regular freshman admission process (http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/apply)
 
Selection
Participants in the Texas A&M Gateway Program are selected by the Office of Admissions as part of the regular freshman admission process. There is no way to apply directly to the Gateway program.
Gaining Full Admission:
To successfully complete the AGS program and gain full admission into Texas A&M University, Gateway students must:
  • Complete the 2 assigned core curriculum courses
  • Complete 2 Gateway Learning Community Courses 
  • Earn at least a 2.0 average and no failing grades
  • Comply with the Aggie Code of Honor by committing no acts of scholastic dishonesty
After AGS
Once Gateway students successfully complete the AGS program they will achieve full admission. With the support and guidance of the advising staff, students may begin the process to change to a permanent major. Gateway students are permitted to remain in General Studies for up to 2 semesters*. They are free to participate in the Aggie experience like any other undergraduate student at Texas A&M through student activities, on-campus organizations, etc.

* General Studies (GEST) is the University’s transition (temporary) major.
Once out of Gateway, students are fully enrolled into the University allowing them to participate and begin their college careers with their fellow freshman. Because Gateway students began their experience in the summer, they enter the Fall with much more knowledge than any other Freshman. Gateway students have the ability to enter any major they want if they hit that department’s requirements as the TAPs department helps them get there. From engineering to fine arts, Gateway students’ possibilities are endless.
 
This also applies beyond majors. Gateway students have been put in many leadership positions in various organizations like yell leaders or even student body president. We aim to enable our students for a smooth transition into higher education, and as a result many students succeed beyond their own dreams.

We believe students perform their best in comfortable and helpful environments. We strive to enable and educate our students to tackle higher education and receive a fightin’ Texas Aggie degree!                    

 
Email and NetID
Activating your email and claiming your NetID is critical for any TAMU student and is important. Checking your email accounts (both personal and TAMU) on a daily basis for program prep information allows you to stay in the loop and be completely prepared for school to start.

New Student Conference
Students must also attend their New Student Conference by registering for it. The acceptance letter will have the exact information regarding, which date to sign up for, but for more information you can click here to learn more about New Student Conferences.

Housing
Gateway students are required to stay on campus in designated residence halls during the Summer. Fall housing is not guaranteed. Continuing students are encouraged to seek on-campus Fall housing and to take advantage of a Living Learning Community at Texas A&M. To find more information on housing click here http://reslife.tamu.edu/.

Stay Connected
If you have any further questions you can always email us aggiegateway@tamu.edu.                     
Gateway students are supported by Peer Mentors. These Mentors are undergraduate students at TAMU who have previously completed the AGS program. Their focus is to help develop Gateway students academically and socially through programs, presentations, and events. Gateway students will have the opportunity to interact with their Mentors on a daily basis during AGS.
 
We believe that mentors give our students confidence when entering their collegiate careers. Gateway students who successfully complete the AGS program tend to experience a smooth transition from their high school environment to Aggieland. Students get acquainted with the culture at TAMU while developing academically as college students. Many Gateway students find that they already feel well-adjusted when the rest of the freshmen class joins them for the Fall semester. Success rates for students participating in the AGS program have been high in recent years.
How do I gain admission to Gateway?
There is not a special application for Gateway. Gateway cannot be requested. It is a type of admission offer. All admissions are handled by the Office of Admissions. Contact them at: (979) 845-1060 or email: Admissions@tamu.edu. For more information you can visit their website here.


How much does Gateway cost? When do I pay?
The tuition and fees for 6 the required hours and room & board are designated by the University based on standard summer prices. There is no additional fee for participating in the AGS program. Payment for summer is typically due by the end of the first week of summer session II classes.

What is General Studies?
General Studies (GEST) is the University’s transition major. All students in the major are looking to gain admission to other majors on campus. It is housed in the Transition Academic Programs (TAP) office. It is a temporary major. TAP advisors help students in GEST look for appropriate majors and meet requirements to change to those majors within a year. Students who start in GEST are typically able to graduate from A&M on time.

Can I declare my major during the summer while in Gateway?
No. You cannot change majors until you have successfully completed Gateway and met your intended major’s prerequisites. But TAP advisors can help students prepare to declare right after summer or in their first fall-spring semester.

How can I set up housing?
Once you’ve been accepted into Gateway we will give you all the information you need to set up housing and any other necessities you will need. However, if you have any questions regarding the housing process or Fall housing availability you can call: (888) 451-3896 or email: housing@tamu.edu. For more information you can visit their website here.

Are Gateway students guaranteed housing in the Fall?
Freshman are offered priority housing. This is not quite a guarantee. However, we recommend you apply. We have not had any students who wanted housing not get it by the end of the summer.

Will I miss out on good classes to register for in the Fall?
No. At your Gateway New Student Conference in June you will pre-register for Fall courses. Your fall schedule will be started then. You have the option to meet with a Transition Academic Programs advisor through the rest of the summer to make changes. A Gateway student who takes advantage ofthe opportunity to meet with our advisors can have as solid a schedule as any incoming freshman.
Fall Admission after Gateway
Upon successful completion of the AGS program Gateway students will be eligible to participate in all University activities as a member of the incoming freshman class in the fall. Gateway students who successfully complete the AGS program tend to experience a smooth transition from their high school environment to Aggieland. Students get acquainted with the culture at TAMU while developing academically as college students. Many Gateway students find that they already feel well-adjusted when the rest of the freshmen class joins them.

 

Grade and Credit Requirements
Complete 2 standard core curriculum courses (3 credit hours each) assigned by Transition Academic Programs advising staff. Complete 2 Gateway Learning Community courses—ASCC 289 (0 credit hour, but graded) and UGST 001 (0 credit hours)—focused on building academic skills, major/career guidance, and college adjustment.

Attendance
Students take freshman level courses with non-gateway students. Classes are competitive. Regular class attendance is expected. Consequences for missing class are set by individual professors/instructors.


Readmission
In the rare instance that a student does not meet the requirements of the program, but still wants to attend A&M they can apply for the following fall at Texas A&M as a readmit after attending another institution.See program director for details.


Fees
The tuition and fees for 6 the required hours and room & board are designated by the University based on standard summer prices. There is no additional fee for participating in the AGS program.
Our office phone number is (979) 845-5916 or you can contact us via the official Gateway email address at aggiegateway@tamu.edu.
 


Hotard Hall, Texas A&M
104 Houston St, College Station, TX 77841